I was wondering if anybody would like to learn Khmer. I am a native speaker, and I was thinking of contributing. However, this is only if people want to learn the language. It's the language of Cambodia, a small nation in the centre of South East Asia, home to the former Khmer Empire. The language has 16 million speakers currently.
The general advice would be go for it, everybody's happy with a new language, and I wouldn't even bother to write that - if it wasn't Khmer.
My father used to work as a member of JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) in Cambodia, and I've been to your country several times. I'm a huge fan of its culture and people, and found your language beautiful. It was a pity that I didn't have the opportunity to learn anything more than greeting or saying អរគុណ. So I'm eager to know a little more.
So, do apply! You have at least one strong follower here.
Hey, I'm half Cambodian and half Chinese. My parents decided to strictly teach me Chinese (I don't blame them, it's been infinitely more useful), but after a visit to Cambodia, I fell in love with the country, the music, and everything. And I have a gap where my Khmer ancestry is because I don't know the language. So I've been trying to learn Khmer through scattered online resources and Memrise. It's working, albeit slowly.
Duolingo just has a knack for getting you learning a language. I remember studying Spanish for an entire year without understanding any of it, but one Duolingo course and I started to just make sense of the grammar system and everything. ¡Y ahora yo puedo hablar español! (And now, I can speak Spanish!).
So yes, I would love to see a Khmer course come through on Duolingo. It'd speed up language learning a lot, and make Khmer more accessible for everyone (there's really a limited number of resources on it). In the end, it's up to you but I will be forever grateful if it happens!
You seem serious about learning Khmer, so I was wondering if you might be interested in a proposition. I have a dropbox folder absolutely full of khmer resources, and I also have some books and such offline, in particular Franklin P. Huffman's beginning, intermediate, and advanced Cambodian readers. I'm looking for help typing up the offline material to be used with programs like Lingq or Learning with Texts (which I highly highly recommmend if you haven't found them). It's really useful to have the Khmer texts in these learning systems, but it takes time because the Khmer text has to be parsed (basically inserting spaces between words so the system can recognize them). Anyway, I'm trying to spread the labor a bit and I am looking for people who might help me out and in turn we all benefit from the materials. I can explain more if you're interested.
Also, I created a memrise course a while back for Khmer, a top 1000 words by frequency list. I've all but abandoned that course because I haven't been using memrise, but if you are interested in contributing to that course, also let me know.
My wife and I just returned from Cambodia and want to learn Khmer and go back. We are using the FSI course. I would like to see what your have assembled. The FSI course seems like it dates back from the 1970's.
Hey, I'm really interested in Khmer since I'm going to Cambodia next year if you could introduce me to any of thee sources that would be great :))
Wow, thanks for volunteering! Khmer would be such an exciting addition to Duolingo! :D
I've travelled through Cambodia before on a trip with two friends, and I have to say Cambodia is my favorite country in the world. I'd love to go back as an English teacher and explore the country more and learn Khmer. Angkor Wat is absolutely the best, and the smaller isolated non touristic temples were amazing. We asked the tuk tuk driver to take us to the temples no one goes to. He took us as far as he could, and then we paid little kids to walk us the rest of the way. The things you'll see and experience in Cambodia are just amazing, and knowing some Khmer would only enhance the experience.
Please do! I studied the Khmer Empire in history and ever since I've loved Cambodia.
I bet after we learn Khmer we can learn Thai and Lao faster than because they similar.
I would love to learn Khmer! There are so few resources available to learn this language and many of those are not very good. I'm always looking for something new to help me be able to communicate better with my inlaws, who don't speak very good english, and a way to practice the things I do know without having to bother anyone else.
I wanna learn this language along with the Vietnamese course (I like learning languages together, like right now I'm learning both French and Spanish, and next year, possibly Portuguese and Italian). I think it's cool that there are languages like this that not many people know and I know many people who go to trips to Cambodia and they have no clue how to speak anything other than English and to just have the few basics of Khmer would be amazing. Let alone, being able to have all of the language and to learn it, that itself is amazing. So that's a huge yes from me!
cambodia is my all time favourite country! Ive been there twice and cant wait to get back. definitely interested!
I also have a friend who likes Cambodia, so it would be really nice to make a Khmer course.
I have some interest in learning Khmer after I'm done with my Spanish training.
I want to learn Khmer soooo much, and there are so few resources! I would gladly help with this course if I could, but I don't currently speak Khmer, so I'm not sure what good I would be to the project.
I would absolutely love to! My step-family and younger half siblings are Khmer and I'd love to be able to speak Khmer on some level when I go to visit them in Siem Reap (which is pretty frequently).
I have been dying to learn Khmer because I want to speak with my in laws. Would definitely use it
Hi. Great idea. I would learn it though its phonetical system seems quite difficult
This is definitely a language I'd love to learn! I've been looking for textbooks/youtube channels/ websites to learn a few introductory phrases or any Khmer in general, but I've had no luck finding any.
Please do! I've been looking to learn Khmer so that I don't need to be fully reliant on a translator while conducting fieldwork in Cambodia.
Hey NSACSS, is this course always possible? I really want to learn Khmer!! (In English, or even better in French if you can!!)
I have been quite interested in Khmer and the Cambodian culture in general, very much wish there good ways to learn it.
I'd really like to start learning the basics of Khmer. However, what I would be even more excited about is an English learning module for native Khmer speakers. I live and work in Long Beach, CA. It's home to the largest population of Khmer speakers outside of Cambodia and I'd love for the people in our community to have a free, high quality way to learn English.
Yes, please do! I've been looking for a good Khmer course and teacher since the spring of 2011 when I decided to volunteer as a teacher at an orphanage/school near Siem Reap. I have loved the Khmer people ever since, and my best friend is from Odar Meanchey.
ខ្ញុំថង់និយាយភាសាខ្មែរ។ I would love to be able to speak Khmer!
I've been interested in the south-east Asian languages for a while and Khmer for a while since it doesn't have tones!!!
I would LOVE to have the opportunity to keep up with my Khmer! I keep forgetting the vowel sounds when I read :( Thanks for volunteering and I can't wait to see it!
I would love to learn it because my mom's side of the family actually came from there. I want to understand some words that my grandmother speaks.
Hi Nsacss, I am also a native Khmer Speaker. My boyfriend is learning Khmer. We're having trouble finding a good site that teaches Khmer and Duolingo doesn't Khmer available. If you and anyone here are interested in making this happens, contact me via my email firstname.lastname@example.org to see what we can do.
Any progress? I would love to see Khmer offered since I visited Cambodia and would love to go back more knowledgeable about the language.
I know I am very late to this thread, but I would be immensely happy to see Khmer appear on duolingo. I am half Cambodian and half Canadian, I was only taught English as a child so that I wouldn't fall behind in the education system like many of my cousins (which in my parents defense did set me ahead); however, all my family speaks Khmer at all the family gatherings, and we go to Cambodia a decent amount and I really want to be able to effectively communicate with my family and truly experience my heritage. I am often left out of many family activities since I am nowhere near fluent in Khmer, and I would really appreciate any form of help I could get. (PS: my mom refuses to teach me Khmer because she thinks it would be too much effort and I don't want to be a burden on my other relatives to live with them and learn from them.)
Yes please!!! I lived in Cambodia for 6 months and can speak a little bit. There are almost NO resources out there for learning Khmer. It's a fascinating language with a rich history. I would really love to see this on Duolingo!
I would very much like that. For a larger perspective: It will make Cambodia more accessible to the world!
My wife and I are planning on going back to Cambodia each winter and want to learn Khmer. We are presently using the FSI course.
I'd be really interested in doing it because I might be going on a school trip there next year
The FSI course is free and available online for download. We are now speaking Khmer with each other at home.
I was adopted from Cambodia and live in USA, I speak English, Spanish and Russian, but not Khmer. I would love to learn MY language!
As a Cambodian-American dealing with the language barrier towards my mom is difficult. I can only understand Khmer when heard but unfortunately cannot respond back to my family members because I'm too embarrassed I might say it wrong. It would very helpful if you teach me! Btw, I tried learning online but some costs money.
I'm currently (trying) to learn Khmer right now, but due to lack of resources - I'm dirt poor and I live in probably the least linguistically diverse place in America - and inability to practice with native speakers, my education's going very slow right now. I have to be satisfied with an online dictionary, bad quality Youtube videos, and Google Translate to learn how to read, pronounce, and worst of all, write all the words correctly. I would love to be able to take a Duolingo course on the language to really speed up my learning - and if anyone's interested in sharing some free online resources, that'll really help too. សំណាងល្អ! Good luck!
So am I. I am going back to Cambodia tomorrow. Have you heard about "Language Exchange" online? You can seek and setup many different kinds of learning relationships, like chat, or email, with Khmer speaking people. I also am studying Hebrew, like you.
Please please, please add Khmer!! I'm going to Cambodia next March and I really want a way to touch on the language before I go :D
This would be wonderful! I wish this post wasn't two years old... I've been to Cambodia, and I'd love to go back. I wouldn't say no to living there... I don't remember much of the language, though. I was only there a bit over a week, and the phrases I learned didn't all stay with me...
I would love to take the course. I'm fascinated by the history, art, culture and people of the country and hope to travel there someday soon.
i would love to do that, but you better get a few friends if you want to make a real course, because it takes a while
I want to learn Khmer as I will be moving to live in Cambodia. Please, if anybody can link me to some good resources, I'd appreciate it! Much love to the Khmer people <3 <3
I lived in Cambodia for almost 4 years and could speak fairly well and I have tried to keep my language up since returning to the UK but it has slipped a little - I have yet to find a good app, shame Duolingo only offers beginner but a Khmer one would be great for other expats settling there or those with native partners or even people needing to brush up on forgotten words like me!
I would like to learn, my mother is Cambodian and I would like to try and speak to her in her native language.
PLEASE! I want to learn Khmer but the resources are lacking tremendously! Google translate isn't reliable. Cambodia is such an amazing place and would love to see a Khmer course.
Yes yes yes yes yes please. I started learning Khmer when I lived in Cambodia, a few years back, and it really saddens me to have lost it since. I would absolutely love, and be very grateful for, the chance to practice and improve it once more, especially as I'd like to go back.
Are you still considering writing this course? I'd be very interested in learning!
I would be really interested in a Khmer course as I am visiting Cambodia soon I know it is quite late but if you were still interested please make this a reality
I need help learning khmer. I’m probably the only 1 in Mississippi that wants to learn it. It’s important!
If someone makes a khmer course on this app, I’d definitely take it! I need to learn this language.
You will have to contact administration or customer support but truly ... we ... I especially need your help! So please do this :)
I was born in Cambodia and came to Canada at five years old. I still speak Khmer and can read and write a little bit. I would love to contribute to the Khmer course, if any. Would it be possible to create a sort of "team" to see how can any of us contribute to the course? Thank you ! :)
From what I’ve seen, you can apply to help create a course. Somehow they connect the individuals who have applied/are working on the course.
I'm looking for a Khmer language... but not so much. I wish Duolingo can provide the Khmer Language and alphabets
Please!!! I am Cambodian-American and I always look so stupid around my older family especially my grandmother.
I would love to learn Khmer!! Please contribute!! If it’s also possible can you teach the alphabet? It’s hard to find resources on learning the alphabet.
i guess this is just one more person saying yes please to khmer - i'm trying it solo and ouch! it hurts!
It would be fantastic if Duolingo had a Khmer course but I assume the demand is pretty low. Plenty of us are desperate to learn it though, and it's an awesome language. I live in Cambodia and have a teacher, but it's not enough. Best approach is the 'comprehensible input' style of learning. I'm about to start swapping an hour of Khmer with a native speak for an hour teaching them English. I'll try to do that with several people. If you don't have access to anyone who speaks it, there are apps that facilitate these types of language exchanges. Also check out a site called Natural Khmer, which has links to heaps of Khmer language resources. Easily the best site I've found. Memrise has courses, and it was helpful to learn the Khmer script (largest alphabet in the world!) but my advice is to avoid the script until you know 500+ words and can hold a very basic conversation. If I had my time over again, I'd just do the comprehensible input method. Let's hope Duolingo adds Khmer because I'm enjoying the Spanish course here. Until then, you may as well learn from my mistakes and check out a couple of things I mentioned above. Hope it helps.
Is there a way that all of us could work towards getting Duolingobfor Khmer started?
Yes!! I would love a Khmer course on Duolingo! I am American-Cambodian and my older family members speak it, while me and the younger family members have trouble understanding it. I would love to learn Khmer here and share Duolingo with my siblings and cousins that want to learn the language too. Our parents tried to teach us when we were young, but it didn’t stick. I couldn’t speak with my grandma and still can’t have a conversation with my grandpa because I only know a few words in Khmer. Being able to learn Khmer, would bring me closer to my family and our culture. I would really like it if I were able to learn Khmer here because Duolingo’s been fantastically helpful to me in learning other languages. I hope that a Khmer course can join the other amazing languages in the Duolingo scene.
This has my support, I'd like to communicate with my girlfriend's parents in their own language, even if it is just simple phrases.